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Pingenot Auction, Lot 20

20. BIDDLE, Ellen McGowan. Reminiscences of a Soldier’s Wife. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1907. 257 [2, list of subscribers] pp., frontispiece portrait, 18 photographic plates. 8vo, original gilt-decorated blue cloth, t.e.g. Slightly shelf slanted, else fine. Author’s signed presentation copy to Mrs. Philip P. Powell "in loving remembrance of the days spent at Fort Robinson." A photo of Captain Philip Pendleton Powell is shown on p. 223. Powell came up through the ranks in the 6th Cavalry and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the 9th Cavalry in 1880. He served with the 9th until his retirement in 1901.
        First edition. Graff 288: "A very good account of Army life at western posts after the Civil War." Howes B426. Myres, Following the Drum, p. 3. A Mississippi belle recounts cavalry life in Arizona, Colorado, California, Nebraska, and elsewhere. Pingenot: Biddle relates life of an army wife from post-Civil War occupation of Georgia, Alabama, and Texas to the Modoc Indian War in California. Her husband, who rose to the rank of brigadier general, served with the 1st, 5th, 6th, and 9th Cavalry Regiments. He was in Colorado and in Arizona fighting Apaches under Cochise; and the remount depot at Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
($150-300)